All about English Premier League [EPL]

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(Last Updated On: March 15, 2014)

All about English Premier League [EPL]

Introduction

The Premier League (or the English Premier League – EPL) is a professional league for men’s football. The EPL consists 20 football clubs across England and Wales.

Basic Information

Official Name: Barclays Premier League

Founded: 20th February, 2012

Country: England and Wales

Attached with: UEFA

Number of participating teams: 20

Teams relegated to: Football League Championship

Domestic Tournaments: FA Cup and FA Community Shield

League Tournaments: League Cup

International Cups: UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League

Most Number of Championship Wins: Manchester United (13)

Current Champion: Manchester United

Current Broadcasters: Sky Sports (BSkyB) and BT Sport for live matches.

Sponsors: Barclays

Official Website: PremierLeague.com

Brief History of English Premier League

After the breakaway from the Football League by the clubs attached to the Football League First Division on the 20th February 1992 the competition called the FA Premier League was formed. BskyB and BT group secured the broadcast rights for 116 and 38 games respectively; this was exactly what was proposed during the breakaway. On 27th May 1992 the FA Premier League was formed as a public limited company and the FA’s headquarters was established in Lancaster Gate. The first season of the Premier League was held in 1992-93 and it was played between 22 clubs. The first match was played between Manchester United and Sheffield United and Sheffield United defeated Manchester United by 2-1.

The teams which played the first ever Premier League are (in the alphabetical order)

  • Arsenal
  • Aston Villa
  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Chelsea
  • Coventry City
  • Crystal Palace
  • Everton
  • Ipswich Town
  • Leeds United
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United
  • Middlesbrough
  • Norwich City
  • Nottingham Forest
  • Oldham Athletic
  • Queens Park Rangers
  • Sheffield United
  • Sheffield Wednesday
  • Southampton
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • Wimbledon
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 The Format of EPL

Twenty clubs to fight out with each other every year in a pre decided season between August and May. The clubs play with each other on ‘Home’ and ‘Away’ basis twice in a double round robin system for total 38 games. The winner gets three points, a draw will fetch one point for each team involved and there is no point for a loss. The teams ranked by points, then goal difference and then goals scored. The top of the table team crowned as champions. In case of the tie on points, then the goal difference will be counted and if there is still a tie, then the number of goals scored will be counted to decide the champion. Even then there is a tie, then all teams involved will share the title. In case of a tie for relegation with more teams have the same amount of points, goal differences and goals scored then a playoff match at a neutral venue will decide the rank.

Teams participating in the 2013-14 EPL Season (In Alphabetical order)

EPL Teams 2013-14

  • Arsenal
  • Aston Villa
  • Cardiff City
  • Chelsea
  • Crystal Palace
  • Everton
  • Fulham
  • Hull City
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United
  • Norwich City
  • Southampton
  • Stoke City
  • Sunderland
  • Swansea City
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • West Bromwich Albion
  • West Ham United
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